Billie Jean may not be your lover. But could she be your headphones? I’ve always had trouble finding a good value headphone in the $300-$400 price range. But I absolutely love Jerry Harvey’s IEM line. So, I was super excited to review these babies. At $349, does it live up to JH’s amazing reputation? Let’s find out in this Jerry Harvey Audio Billie Jean In-Ear Headphones Review.
Jerry Harvey Audio Billie Jean In-Ear Headphones Review
IN the BOX – Jerry Harvey Audio Billie Jean In-Ear Headphones Review
3.5 mm Unbalanced Cable
3 Pairs of Silicone Ear Tips (S,M,L)
FIT and DESIGN – Jerry Harvey Audio Billie Jean In-Ear Headphones Review
In classic JH Audio fashion, the billie Jean is like a pretty piece of jewelry. Shiny and red, what’s not to like? It’s a very easy and comfortable fit, and it does a good job of isolating from outside noise.
Unlike the more expensive JH Audio models, the Billie Jean buds are relatively small because they house fewer drivers. Two balanced armatures, to be precise. The mid driver is designed to be perfectly flat from 10Hz-5kHz. So, I’m expecting a very balanced midrange. These IEM’s have a detachable 2 pin connector cable with an L-shaped plug.
Jerry Harvey uses his famous “FreqPhase” technology, which ensures precision of time and phase of multiple drivers. The Waveguide makes sure that each driver signal arrives within 0.01 milliseconds. The result is a phase coherent/synchronized IEM.
SOUND – Jerry Harvey Audio Billie Jean In-Ear Headphones Review
Fast and punchy with a rich and perfectly balanced midrange. No complaints here! Let’s get into the details…
The bass is deep and dry. The low range is nicely separated from the lower mids, so it doesn’t cloud the rest of the mix. Billie jean is poppy, and she lends herself perfectly to pop, hip-hop and EDM. Very solid, with a freqload of clarity.
Wow. What a full and beautifully balanced sound. I listen to a lot of rock and pop-rock, so mids are super important for me. And Billie Jean does not disappoint. Vast and rich, rock choruses engulf you. The transient response is also impressive. Snappy drums! And listening to folk, you get a sense of how detailed these buds really are. Guitar strums are clear and textured. Gorgeous!
I always put the highs through the “Miles Davis trumpet test.” If I can get through the song, I know that the highs are pleasantly round. Billie Jean certainly passed. Smooth and breathy brass with tons of detail. Moving onto classical, soprano choirs and strings are silky and soft. The transparency isn’t as amazing in this range as it is in the mids. But still, great job, Jerry.
Wow. A very impressive soundstage on these buds. Listening to some live jazz recordings, I felt a lot of width, and a freqload of depth for an in-ear headphone.
SUMMARY – Jerry Harvey Audio Billie Jean In-Ear Headphones Review
Billie Jean gives you a huge bang for your buck, and it’s certainly the highest quality sound I’ve heard for $350. It’s rare that a headphone is able to perform well in every genre. But these puppies pull it off with grace. Forget the others. Billie Jean is totally your lover.
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SPECIFICATIONS – Jerry Harvey Audio Billie Jean In-Ear Headphones Review
Driver Unit: 2 way 2 drivers (high, full range – mid & low) / 2BA per side
Impedance: 18 ohm
Noise Isolation: -26dB
Frequency Range: Not specified